Great Scott! The future is NOW! Once upon a time, the greatest time-travel related trilogy was released. Back to the Future followed the shenanigans of Doc Brown and Marty McFly fixing destiny one wormhole at a time.
Real talk: the first one is classic, the third is a turd, and the second Back to the Future flick? It debuted a future technological invention so baller, humanity has been drooling over it for decades. Of course, I am referring to the hover board.
For years, I have lamented when inventors trot out a useless technology: “Where are our Hoverboards!? When the millennium came and it was finally the YEAR 2000, I remember asking, “Where are our Hoverboards!?” Each time a politician tries to explain: THE FUTURE IS NOOOW! I always rebuff the logic with a single sentence. “Bah! If it’s the future, where are our Hoverboards?”
And now, I am pleased to announce, on October 3, 2011 a group of scientists from the University of Paris, unveiled a functioning board dubbed, Magsurf. It hovers using the principle of quantum levitation.
For the all of us who are saying, “quantum what the huh?” here’s a definition
A thin superconductor layer is coated on a sapphire wafer. Quantum physics tells us that the magnetic field penetrates into the superconductor in the form of discrete flux tubes. The superconductor strongly pins these tubes, causing it to float in midair. This effect is called ‘quantum levitation’.
Yeah, it’s a little too smarty-pants for me this early too.
Anybabies, using this principle the students and staff were able to form a prototype that, while it only goes a few feet on a magnetic track, it works! Here is the miracle of modern technology in action, I GIVE YOU THE MAGSURF!
Yes, it’s in the early stages, but it’s a start and it WORKS! And now that it is working, surely science and industry will collaborate to perfect it by…2015. (wink)
For those of you FASCINATED! Here’s a vid of a Magsurf being built.
And in honor of the Trilogy that started it all, I give you the great HUEY LEWIS!